Editor,

MLB struggles to get attendance back,” (headline article in Daily Journal sports section Friday, July 22,) suggests the causes of falling attendance in major league baseball are the pandemic, the lockout, and the economic fears of fans. That may true. But here is one other reason. Memo to MLB executives: I personally, will never attend a major league baseball game as long as its teams kneel for The Star-Spangled Banner and turn their backs to our flag.

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John Baker

Except kneeling's not happening in MLB and really hasn't happened. One player (Bruce Maxwell), no longer in MLB, kneeled five years ago. Every game I've been to in the past few years has shown players standing respectfully.

Attendance is down in MLB due to high costs (although it's still the cheapest of the Big 4), longer-than-necessary games which don't allow kids to see the end during the school year, and shifts to sports where it's less expensive to actually participate, such as soccer and basketball. (For me, it's also the addition of the DH to the National League.)

willallen

Good point about knelling in general. Helped turn me off for all pro sports. Also, tickets cost too much.

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